Akol in Hot Soup As Lawyer Moves To Sue Her Over Oil Money
By Serestino Tusingwire
A top lawyer in Kampala has petitioned High Court seeking orders to sue the Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Doris Akol on behalf of those who chewed the Shs6bn as rewards.
Isaac Ssemakadde of Legal Brains Trust (LTB) on Tuesday filed the application at the civil division of the High Court in Kampala seeking court order allowing him file a petition against URA boss for unlawfully giving out the money to government top shots.
Ssemakadde wants Akol to fairly and adequately protect the interests of the people who shared the money since she was the one who authorized the disbursement of the impugned cash bonuses.
Ssemakadde has also petitioned the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe complaining over continued illegal ex-parte (one party) interim orders issued by his deputy Steven Kavuma while executing judicial powers.
He argues that the conduct of Kavuma is not only a clear breach of the constitution but also a demonstration of the return of partisan and tyrannical tendencies that would bring the judiciary and the rule of law into disrepute.
All these came following an order issued by Kavuma on Monday barring Parliament from investigating the sh6b bonus paid to public servants, who contributed to the winning of taxation cases against oil companies.
It’s worth noting that in June 2015, a protracted legal battle over capital gains tax between URA& Tullow oil resulted into a settlement of Sh824Bn and about Shs6bn was doled out to senior government officials as a reward for their role in facilitating the successful settlement.
Some of the beneficiaries of this money include Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) commissioner general Doris Akol – Shs242, Uganda National Roads Authority boss Allen Kagina – Shs242, Kampala Capital City Authority boss Jennifer Musisi – Shs121, Finance ministry Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi – Shs108 (and his predecessor Chris Kassami – Shs393), former attorney generals Peter Nyombi – Shs226 and Fred Ruhindi – Shs93, as well as the solicitor general among others.